2017 Line Up
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Dear No Landers’
It is with deepest and sincere regret that we write, to notify you that No Man’s Land Festival, 28-30 July 2017 will no longer be taking place.
Our small team have worked their socks off and gone to great lengths to try and resolve the issues that have prevented the event from taking place.
Whether you’ve been a loyal attendee from day one or this was due to be your first event with us, we feel you deserve to know how this much celebrated event has met it’s demise.
When submitting an application for an event to Wealden District Council, an appointed team (known as the Safety Advisory Group – SAG) are responsible for providing guidance on putting on a safe event. The SAG have seven days to state any concerns in writing, if after seven days there is no response the event can proceed. However, if there are concerns the event will be referred to a sub committee, where a discussion of issues can be presented and a plan of action agreed for addressing those.
No Man’s Land Festival, actively selected a venue that had an existing Events License, this coupled with our preliminary conversations and meetings with SAG members led us to believe that there would be no obstacles to the event taking place, as long as all our paperwork and health and safety documents were in order.
We commissioned a consultant, one with substantial experience of submitting applications for events at the particular venue. Likewise, our health and safety advisors and other consultants have experience of conducting music events at this licensed venue.
What happened next shocked them all.
As mentioned above, the council have seven days to respond to an application.
The council failed to respond within this time frame.
They then cited a clause within the venue’s pre-existing licensing agreement, that any event on the premises requires the permission of the police and Environmental Health to proceed.
The police refused to even look at the application. Environmental Health failed to respond to any enquiries.
Our solicitor, an expert in this field, informed us – this is a most uncommon bureaucratic ‘loop hole’. We feel it has been used against us to prevent the event from taking place.
We hope you are able to sympathise with us, a lack of action of a few individuals has resulted in destroying our lives. You are wondering now if you are out of pocket, please imagine the financial and emotional strain this has put on organisers before you object to what you read next.
As supporters of the festival you deserve to be reimbursed, we are making this our priority, however this may take a few weeks to complete. If you have purchased tickets via Paypal you will notice a payment from No Man’s Land in your account over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, we ask that you recognise that we are just as disappointed as you are and with all our hearts wish things had turned out differently.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding,
the team at, what was once,
No Man’s Land XX